02 September 2014

Mob Street Featured Photographer - Richard Pilon

“I fell in love with taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance.” Alec Soth

I am pleased to feature Richard Pilon in this ongoing series of mobile street photographers selected from the Mob Street Flickr Group

The Work

© Richard Pilon


The Photographer

© Richard Pilon
I live in Eastern Ontario, Canada and work as a professional engineer in the field of water resources. Most of my time is spent at work and with my family. In my spare time I have two main passions: running and photography.

My interest in photography began at age 17 during a school trip to New York City in 1978. Although I've always enjoyed taking photos, photography became a real passion for me in 2009 when I acquired my first DSLR camera. I initially experimented with various styles, but after giving street photography a try in July 2011, I was hooked.

The next turning point in my photography was discovering what the iPhone could do for me. It's unobtrusive and compact, providing a world of opportunities for the street photographer. With the iPhone I can be unnoticeable and because it's with me all the time, I have a lot more success getting candid shots.


Richard's Commentary

This photograph was taken during a recent trip to Chicago. I was walking the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue and spotted a good background for a passerby shot. I knew the shot I wanted but there were too many people walking by. With a little patience I was finally able to capture the shot I had imagined.

Although most of my candid shots are taken "spur of the moment" when I see something that catches my eye, I sometimes like to wait for a particular scene to unfold.

As with this image my normal process is to shoot with Hipstamtic's Jane lens and Blanko Freedom13 film. Minor editing is done on the iPad with Snapseed and Retouch.


Find Richard: Website / Flickr / Instagram / EyeEm / Facebook / Twitter

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01 September 2014

Mob Paint Monday No. 37

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light.” 
― Miles Davis

Here is another installment of Mob Paint Monday with a selection of images from the Mob Paint Flickr Group. A few of the members have expressed an interest in having app recipes listed for the images that are featured. To make this easier, it would be extremely helpful if members could list the apps used in the Description on Flickr when posting.

Here are just a few of the 416 members of the group. We are all passionate about creating painterly images with our mobile devices. Please join us!

Mob Paint Flickr Group
Mob Paint Artists


Fish Story © David Hayes
Fish Story © David Hayes
Charlie. He should live by the sea. © Elaine Taylor
Charlie. He should live by the sea. © Elaine Taylor
Stuck © Em Kachouro
Stuck © Em Kachouro
Procreate, Snapseed, Distressed FX
Lady in Green © Roland Boesiger
Lady in Green © Roland Boesiger
Maui Summer © Clint Cline
Maui Summer © Clint Cline
Tiny Planets, Superimpose, Hipstamatic, Moku HD, Mextures
© Erika Brothers
© Erika Brothers
Forest Flowers © Vadim Demjianov
Forest Flowers © Vadim Demjianov 
© Gianluca Ricoveri
© Gianluca Ricoveri
Aren't We a Pair? © Anne Highfield
Aren't We a Pair? © Anne Highfield
Pro HDR, Snapseed, Mextures, Glaze, Image Blender
T-4 Strain © columnovsleep
T-4 Strain © columnovsleep 
Graffiti © Andrea Koerner
Graffiti © Andrea Koerner
Moonlight Garden © Tracy Mitchell Griggs
Moonlight Garden © Tracy Mitchell Griggs
645 Pro, Snapseed, Glaze, Distressed FX, Mextures, Alien Sky
Golden Light © Margherita
Golden Light © Margherita 
The Dreaming Tree © photolab2
The Dreaming Tree © photolab2
Somedays are ALL Uphill © photosngraphics
Somedays are ALL Uphill © photosngraphics
Kamadhenu Dreams of Home © Roberta Hancock
Kamadhenu Dreams of Home © Roberta Hancock
Sketchbook Pro, AlienSky, Distressed FX, WowFXHD, Snapseed
© Francisco Villarreal
© Francisco Villarreal
Portrait of a Young Woman © Geri Centonze
Portrait of a Young Woman © Geri Centonze
Snapseed, AntiCrop, Sketch Club, Color Thief, ToonCamera, Artomaton, Brushstroke, iResize

Fat City © Todd S
Fat City © Todd S
Does Anybody Remember Laughter © Jane Schultz
Does Anybody Remember Laughter © Jane Schultz
l e a p o f f a i t h (3) © Anne Kable
l e a p o f f a i t h (3) © Anne Kable
Edited in iColorama
Red Umbrella © Jerzy Jachym
Red Umbrella © Jerzy Jachym
A Little Bird Told Me © Mimi Svanberg
A Little Bird Told Me © Mimi Svanberg
Art Studio, Snapseed, Mextures, iColorama, Afterlight
Decline © Dr. Pajchiwo
Decline © Dr. Pajchiwo
Unmasked © Tuba Korhan
Unmasked © Tuba Korhan
under the impulse of the moment © lila_lile
under the impulse of the moment © lila_lile

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Mob Paint Monday - Tutorial by Mike Bowers

The following tutorial is by Mob Paint Flickr Group member Mike Bowers. I'm pleased to share his work, tutorial and wonderfully humorous wit here at Art of Mob. If you'd like to join us at the Mob Paint Flickr Group, please join us!


The Photo

Varoom © Mike Bowers
Varoom © Mike Bowers
The Artist - Mike Bowers
<Steps up to the podium.  Taps the microphone a few times.  Squeal of feedback.> …Um…Hi.  <awkward pause>  I’m Mike, and I’m an iPhoneography addict…

I’m a married, 40-something father of four living in Bartlett, one of the many western suburbs of Chicago. During the day I work as an Engineering Manager and Software Architect for a wireless broadband company.  During the evenings I moonlight as a short order cook, activities coordinator, chauffeur, referee, therapist, tutor, and maid. Those who follow my Flickr feed know that I have two younger boys as they’re featured quite frequently in my work. I also have two teenagers who activate cloaking devices as soon as my phone or camera comes out.  We also have a very gregarious yellow lab, and recently rescued two kittens. As you can imagine, I have a very busy family life, but it also gives me tons of opportunities for taking snapshots.

I’ve been “into” photography since my late teens, starting with film cameras and then moving into digital when they became more the norm. About two years ago I began seeing photo apps on the Apple app store and began downloading and playing with them. The real addiction began when I started following Flipbook and Flickr and saw the amazing images being created there and really started digging into the applications that people were using. As I began experimenting with various apps, I was completely blown away by how easy it was to create something stunning from photos that would otherwise have been throw aways. I love the ease of use of many of the apps - as a software designer I have a low tolerance threshold for applications that are difficult to use and “get in the way” of what I’m trying to accomplish. I spent weeks learning Photoshop, but after only a few minutes I was creating better images with Snapseed, Glaze, and/or iColorama. Over time, I’ve gravitated towards the painterly style, which I really enjoy, though occasionally I'll branch out into abstracts and other styles.

In addition to my iphoneography Flickr accountI also have separate Flickr sites for Street and HDR photos.  I really should seek professional help...

Tutorial 
The image I’ll be talking about is called Varoom. No particular reason other than that’s what the car seemed to say to me as I was processing the image. Overall my process is more intuitive than planned and thought out. I tend to be a “tweaker”; I usually try various apps, play around with the various presets and settings, and let the intermediate results guide me to the end point. In many cases what I initially had in mind and what I end up with are very different.

I saw this fabulous old car while exploring downtown Howell, Michigan during a recent visit to my parents. It was just a quick “from the hip” snapshot as I walked by. The starting image as taken with my iPhone 5 is shown below.

© Mike Bowers
Unedited Image
As with most images, this one started life in Snapseed. I first used Crop and Straighten to get things aligned and centered the way I wanted them to be. Next I selected Details and adjusted both sharpening and detail to 100%. I then selected Ambiance, and adjusted the ambiance level until the colors popped a bit (but not too much), and also tweaked the contrast to pull in a bit. I then selected HDR and played with the settings until it wasn't too cooked. The result of the Snapseed edits is shown below. 

© Mike Bowers
After Snapseed Edits
I was generally happy with the Snapseed output, but thought some of the elements of the street scene took attention away from the car. I loaded the Snapseed image into iColorama and used the brush mask tool to mask out the car. I then applied Blur, Glass, and Pixel presets to the image, adjusting the opacity on each to still maintain a “hint” of the street scene.

© Mike Bowers
After iColorama
At this point I decided to give the image a bit of an old faded look. I selected the Black and White in Preset in iColorama to dull down the colors a bit, and then used a Texture preset to grunge up the image. I played with the opacity setting in both quite a bit to get the exact result I wanted. Finally, I used the Exposure preset to recover the details that got lost due to the grunging and to also bleach the image a bit.  The final result is shown below.

© Mike Bowers
Final touches in iColorama
On a final note I’d like to publicly thank all my Flickr friends for providing me with support (comments, favs, and group invites are a big boost for me) and a continual stream of inspiration. Whenever I get bored or stuck in a rut, spending a few minutes looking at the amazing work out there never fails to reinvigorate me. And of course, a huge thank you to Geri for curating an amazing collection of images on the Mob Paint Flickr group and for maintaining one of the very best iPhoneography sites available!
Apps Mentioned:
Snapseed
iColorama


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29 August 2014

Help! Please Take the Survey

In an effort to streamline the look of Art of Mob and make it easier to navigate, I have been working on a new design. I would like your help to determine which features you are using.

28 August 2014

Union App Giveaway!

Pixite has come up with some really inventive apps. Most mobile photographers are familiar with Tangent, Fragment. LoryStripes, Matter and Union. I'm very excited to be able to give away TEN promo codes for Union app. Special thanks to Ben at Pixite who so generously provided the promo codes for this giveaway.

What is Union?
Union ($1.99 on the App Store) enables you to make multiple photo compositions. With the various blending modes and masking capabilities you can create superimposed, silhouetted and double exposure images.

From within Union you can export your image to Tangent, Matter, LoryStripes and Fragment. This makes the transition easy to begin your edit in one app and continue in another Pixite app.

Below is a tutorial by award-winning mobile photographer, Brandon Kidwell. Brandon is known for his double-exposure imagery. 


Here's another image Brandon created using Union. Click on the image to visit Brandon's website and see the step by step tutorial.


You are definitely going to want Union in your mobile photography toolbox. Sign up below by leaving a comment. Ten winners will be chosen at random on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.  Good Luck!

UPDATE August 31, 2014 : Congrats to the winners chosen by Random Number Generator
Petyr Campos
Kachouro
Marcia Dimberger
Ahmed Shaaban
Marilyn
Nico
Helge Jorgensen
Roxi Hardegree
Faastwalker
Jane Fiala



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27 August 2014

Featured Mobile Artist Wojtek Papaj

I never run out of talented people to interview from the mobile photography community. Today I present my interview with Wojtek Papaj. I believe Wojtek is the first Windows Phone user I've interviewed. 

© Wojtek Papaj
What is your name and where do you live?
WP:  My name is Wojtek Papaj. I live in Nowy Sącz - a small town in the deep south of Poland. This is a great country of mountains, woods, meadows and orchards.

How did you get started with mobile photography? What device do you use?
WP:  Photography attracted me for many years - I tried it with various cameras, even with SLR, but I've always had too little time - for photo walks, for editing etc. Just with my first smartphone - Samsung Wave, I realized that mobile photography is just what I was looking for. And with Nokia Lumia 800 the adventure started in full.


© Wojtek Papaj
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